John Twerdok

Channel Executive, Digital Simulation, Autodesk

John TwerdokJohn Twerdok is a Channel Executive for Digital Simulation Products at Autodesk. He has over 28 years' experience in Computer-Aided engineering with a strong background in Mechanical, Plastics, and CFD simulation. Prior to joining the Channel team at Autodesk, John was the Sr. Business Line Manager for Autodesk Simulation Cloud offerings. He has previously held management positions at both Moldflow Corp, and ANSYS Inc., where he was responsible for the development of Enterprise Licensing, managing global accounts, and as Director of the worldwide network of ANSYS support distributors.

John holds a B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union University. He is a founder and board member of the Technology Network Alliance—an international consortium of CAE Experts.

Garrett Rausch

Engineering Manager, Menges Roller Company

Garrett RauschGarrett Rausch is the Engineering Manager at Menges Roller Company, an industrial roller manufacturer specializing in the design, fabrication and maintenance of high-performance rollers for the plastic, paper and metal converting industries. Menges Roller is especially respected for its capabilities in liquid-filled, double-shelled heat transfer rollers, which serve the purpose of heating or cooling film & sheet stock to very specific temperatures. Menges Roller's success with this product line can be largely attributed to Mr. Rausch's skill & knowledge in CFD Thermal Modeling.

Heat transfer rollers are known for being difficult to design, but with Garrett's knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis and other engineering applications, Menges Roller now offers hot & cold-application rollers with an industry-leading +/-1 degree temperature variance. These advancements in heat transfer roller design earned Menges Roller Company the 2014 AIMCAL Technology of the Year Award, and Garrett was the primary force behind this important accomplishment.

Mr. Rausch has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and has been with Menges Roller since 2011.


Carl Smith

Manufacturing Solutions Manager, IMAGINiT Technologies

Carl SmithCarl's analytical abilities and problem-solving expertise have made him a key member of many successful teams, particularly in the manufacturing and electro-mechanical engineering industries. Working as lead consultant, project manager and head trainer, Carl has in-depth knowledge of Autodesk products and their application in manufacturing plants across the U.S.

He has extensive experience performing every aspect of a project, from the needs-analysis to software implementation and training. He has particular insight into diagnosing manufacturing workflows to achieve significant process improvement.

Carl possesses a complete command of the digital prototyping process and all the technology tools including Finite Eliminate Analysis, CNC, visualization tools, and document management.

Before Carl moved into Professional Services, his roles included sales support where he managed IMAGINiT's team of training consultants throughout the U.S. East Coast.